MangaGamer managed to meet with Valve about the content that they publish on Steam, specifically adult-oriented content that must release on Steam in a censored format. They managed to reach an arrangement where newer MangaGamer titles will be able to release on Steam in an all-ages form but then receive an additional 18+ adult patch that will be distributed through the Steam client for those who want it.
The news comes courtesy of a post over on the MangaGamer website, where they announced that those planning on purchasing D.S. -Dal Segno from Steam will be in for a treat: it will receive the coveted 18+ patch that typically has to be acquired off-site through another web portal.
They explain in the post…
“D.S. – Dal Segno’s All Ages Steam version will be receiving a free patch to implement adult content!
“We’re committed to doing right by our customers while adhering to Valve’s policies, and to that end we managed to reach an understanding with Valve regarding patches.
“Going forward it will be our general policy to provide free content patches for all Steam releases whenever possible where there are content differences between versions.”
This won’t be retroactive, though. Some games that are already available won’t be ported and censored on Steam, and then have an 18+ patch released. Instead they will adopt this policy for their games moving forward that require an all-ages version released on Steam. They can then roll out a patch that gamers can acquire to bump up the game to the adult version.
With various rules and restrictions placed on content distributors regarding adult content, it’s imperative to work within the guidelines of various regions. The U.K., for instance, wants more restrictions on adult content and how it can be accessed through search engines and content distribution platforms. So if Valve wants to avoid sanctions, they can’t make 18+ porn too easily accessible.
One thing that they don’t explain in the post is if the adult patch will contain fully uncensored, graphic content or will it still be somewhat PG-13 or pushing close to R territory?
MangaGamer doesn’t go too much in depth as to what you can expect from the adult patch, but if it’s anything like Nekopara Vol. 3, then I imagine that fans will be in for a surprise.
D.S. – Dal Segno is currently available for pre-order over on the MangaGamer website. The visual novel is set to release on June 30th at the end of the month. You can learn more by visiting the Steam store page.